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‘It Just Didn’t Feel Real,’ Says Nichols of NCAA Repeat Win
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Travis Seefried (women); Jim Holt (men)

Maggie Nichols of Oklahoma University was blindsided by her second consecutive all-around win at last month’s NCAA Championships, which are featured in a 16-page cover story in the May 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

“(Coach) K.J. Kindler was like, ‘You just won,’” Nichols said. “I was like, ‘What? What did I win?’ She was like, ‘You just won the all-around.’ It just didn’t feel real.”

Kindler was sure Nichols would come through, although a foot injury prevented her from competing on floor exercise since January.

“I knew if she was feeling great, she would make her floor routine,” Kindler said. “Honestly, I don’t lose my breath when Maggie goes. If we’re putting her up there, we feel really confident.”

Brody Malone led Stanford University to the men’s team title, and he earned the all-around title in the process.

“It feels great to win all-around, but the team title is what’s important,” Malone said. “We train together and we’re very close.”

He also became only the third freshman to win the NCAA all-around title, joining Sam Mikulak (2011) and Yul Moldauer (2016).

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